Paul Maddy retains Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union County Open crown
Paul Maddy has defended the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union County Open title.
The annual event, supported by Titleist and Footjoy, sees amateur golfers take on the county’s professionals, and there were 65 players in the field this year at the Links Golf Club, with 13 professionals.
The last amateur winner was James Reeson in 2015, with Gog Magog’s Maddy the current holder.
Saffron Walden’s Richard Southall set the pace in the first round with a one-under-par 71, which included birdies on all four of the par fives and on the 11th hole.
Maddy was hot on his heels with 72, the same score as Callum Brookes, the Saffron Walden assistant professional and former winner of the John Durman Handicap Trophy aged just 16.
The leading contenders in the amatuer ranks were St Neots’ Adam Northfield and Gog Magog’s George Howard, both with 74.
The rain had subsided by the start of the second round, which saw Howard get off to a promising opening with a birdie and an eagle inside the first three holes.
But it became a battle between Southall and Maddy for the title as they exchanged blows.
Southall had raced two shots ahead after five holes, but Maddy hit back with four birdies.
Southall had two more birdies but also five bogeys as he finished on 73 for a level par 144.
Maddy only dropped one shot, at the par three 12th, and finished with 69 for a three-shot victory with 141.
Dan Knight won the John Durman Handicap Trophy on a card play-off with Links clubmate Christian Puttock, with both scoring net 146.
Gog Magog’s Cameron Izzard was a shot back in third.
Fourteen-year-old Sam Marshall won the best under-21 scratch prize with 152, and the best senior scratch prize was earned by 60-year-old Terry Ryan with 161.
Results: Best amateur scratch – 1 Richard Southall 144, 2 Luke Bowers 147, 3 George Howard 147, 4 Owen Davies 147, 5 Teddy Hall 150, 6 Richard Temple 150; John Durman Handicap Trophy – 1 Dan Knight 146, 2 Christian Puttock 146, 3 Cameron Izzard 147, 4 Joe Austin 158-8=150; Professional prizes – 1 Paul Maddy 141, 2 Ben Kerr 145, 3 Andrew George 148, 4 Dean Fairweather 149, 5 Callum Brookes 150.